August 17th, 2014
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The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Political fallout from teen’s shooting

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Missouri Democratic family feud, a Kentucky Senate tactic worth tracking and some new nuggets about the busy 2016 GOP presidential maneuvering made for an action packed trip around the Inside Politics table:

1. Missouri rivalry in play amid Ferguson shooting fallout

Jonathan Martin of The New York Times suggests we keep an eye on two Missouri political power players as the fallout over the Ferguson police shooting plays out.

Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill don’t care much for each other, Jonathan reports.

“You've seen a few hints of this in the past few days in the coverage of the Ferguson story,” said Martin, who believes Ferguson may receive a presidential visit in the not-too-distant future. So will the Missouri politicians play nice then? Not so fast.

“Watch the body language. Watch those two. They basically are the big Democratic figures in that state. And there's a lot of folks in the same state on the same party, they don't get along so well.”

2. Hoping to “Akin’ McConnell in Kentucky

Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post took us inside the tight Kentucky Senate race, specifically a tactical effort the Democratic campaign hopes lures GOP incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell into a gaffe.

Democratic contender Allison Lundergan Grimes is highlighting differences with McConnell on issues important to women voters.

“What she wants to talk about isn't abortion. It's certainly not Hobby Lobby, because the state she's running in [is] very conservative, fairly religious. She wants to talk about the Violence Against Women's Act, as well as equal pay for equal work,” said Henderson, who added that the Grimes’ camp hopes the constant pressure on McConnell to answer questions about those and other issues will provoke some kind of stumble.

3. A big 2016 week, or is Hamby just hungry?

Leave it to CNN’s Peter Hamby to notice a very busy political week in his favorite place for barbeque: South Carolina.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are heading to South Carolina in the days ahead.

“Rand Paul is going to be in South Carolina raising money for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, Marco Rubio is going to be headed to the Third District, probably the most conservative district in the state, speaking to conservative activists at a BBQ hosted by Congressman Jeff Duncan,” said Hamby.

4. In courting the establishment, Paul is persistent.

Politico’s Maggie Haberman shared inside details of Rand Paul’s latest attempt to win big supporters in the GOP establishment.

Yes, the buzz about the recent Paul sighting in the Hamptons was that he was with actor Alec Baldwin. But Maggie reports a much more important breaking of the bread: dinner with several longtime GOP establishment donors at the home of former Treasury Department official Emil Henry.

To be fair, though, notes Haberman, “It was a meet and greet. It was not a fundraiser. He is not a first date candidate .. for a lot of these donors."

5. Ohio roots and a thick Rolodex, but does he have what it takes?

Add Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman to the list of  potential  2016 presidential prospects who are getting more active in testing their viability.

Portman was in Colorado this weekend campaigning in that state’s big Senate race, and is due in New Hampshire this week to campaign with GOP candidate Scott Brown. And that’s not all, Portman also will take part in a big presidential tradition in New Hampshire: a politics and eggs breakfast discussion

Many in the party dismiss Portman’s chances, suggesting he is too soft spoken or too moderate. But those close to Portman see a “center-right” void in the current GOP early pack.

And he has a deep Rolodex of friends, ranging from Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney to former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg and a host of veteran GOP activists in the lead-off presidential primary state.

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Redme

    Boy those leftus are out there weeeeew . They sure need to stay indoors before they stroke out . You better put a chain on your wallet and lockup what you hold dear to your heart . They are their own worst enemy . Bless their hearts . Hows that job search going now?

    August 17, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Chris..E.Al

    We must vote these dems out ? You give them a foot and they take it
    mile ? I say give them the moon . But you best be fast about that .

    August 17, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    --none of these Republican garbage is even worth a penny. USA, if you have brain, vote out all GOP cult. My direct question, republican presidents were in WH, they know insurance thugs were looting Americans, why didn't they pass healthcare law. Was it not their responsibility? Today, Walter Jones, the idiot talks nonsense about it. I bet he is bribed by Doctors, Hospitals. Get rid of thugs like that one. Sin goes away.

    August 17, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Thomas

    This only goes to prove we need bigger hand guns , that can be concealed , with larger magazines !

    When it comes to a strong economy , it's all about the fire power .

    SArah Palin / Louis Buller "Louie" Gohmert, Jr
    2014 is the year of Free Tea

    August 17, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Briley Richmond

    Where were you guys when Billy Joe Johnson, Jr. got gunned down in Lucedale, Mississippi. Supposedly he ran a red light. Google it.

    August 17, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. rick

    I see that skirting the real problem of a militarized tiny police department.. Like HUNDREDS of others across america is being ignored AGAIN for politics that nobody cares about. But the problem of police treating the population like subjugated people with heavy over armed responces for things that a weapon shouldnt even be drawn is IGNORED AGAIN.. This has been going on for years now. A deaf boy chased by cops. Was shot 11 times for holding out his wallet to then.. Ruled "justified" by police department. Traffic stop of mini van full of children multipul shots fired at vehicle. So. When is the treatment of people going to be not excessive? When a school bus being stopped for speeding blasted by swat team full of kids? Just a matter of time before that happens. And then it will be deamed "justified" by cops..

    August 17, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    -–GOP better learn this truth, "If people are staying idle, they start hating for not passing JOBS-BILL, They hate Greed, etc." Learn this truth. GOP is a big loser now for not passing Jobs-Bill, minimum wage raise, infrastructure, Green-energy push Etc. They post all these comments that hurt republican trash. Be wise.

    August 17, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. rick

    6 months or so ago was a local tv station article about the school recource officer. He showed his "go kit" to the interviewer. It consisted of a FEW bandaids.. Couple of bandages.. And 8 LOADED M-16 magazines.. 6 LOADED MAGAZINES for his sidearm.. A GAS MASK. And LITTLE ELSE for safty of a ELEMENTARY SCHOOL he was assigned to.!! So. What was this officer expecting at a ELEMENTARY SCHOOL that justified the obvious war load of ammounition?? As a FRONT LINE MILLITARY PERSON FOR YEARS. I had less than that on my own carry gear.. And I was a U.S. MARINE..! It horrified me to know a person who had no where near the training I had as a combat marine was carrying that in a school with small children in harms way!! But thats exactly what is happening all over america today. The mentality of shooting 1 or 2 possible criminals and a DOZEN innocent children in the process is scary in the least terms! But it will happen if this trend is NOT STOPPED NOW. How much is YOUR CHILD WORTH to be around RAMBO COP???

    August 17, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Boy those leftus are out there weeeeew . They sure need to stay indoors before they stroke out . You better put a chain on your wallet and lockup what you hold dear to your heart . They are their own worst enemy . Bless their hearts . Hows that job search going now?

    Uh, well... Yeah, OK. If you say so. (Scratching Head)...

    August 17, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. J Anthony

    Thanks for bringing that up rick, no one seems too concerned about the miliitarization of the nation's police. These cops in Missouri tear-gassed their own senator.

    August 17, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Harleigh Kiffer

    Gov. Nixon does not appear to be a very strong leader for his stated and appears more interested in playing politics with a very sad and flammable situation in Missouri.

    August 17, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. denny

    Brown is a big guy. He robbed a store and beat up on the smaller manager. When police caught up to him he rushed a cop. The cop shot. Unfortunately for him, another bad guy took himself off the street.

    August 17, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. reggie53

    There is so such uproar over the death of Michael Brown but I still have seen or heard nothing about the crime in Chicago. We can see from the video that this person was no innocent black youth....he seem to have had his problems but sometimes parents do not like to admit that their child is no the perfect son or daughter. I can see why he had problems with the police officer because of his behavior in the convenience store. This youth felt that he had the right to take what he wanted in the store and did not care about the consequences from his actions. I am sad to see how he wasted his life by his actions with the police officer and did not listen when he was told to walk on the sidewalk. Maybe that was his behavior at his home showig no respect for the law and now he is no longer with us. Parents are responsible for their children's behavior and it seems that there was a lack of respect here for the officer.

    I am so embarrassed with the behavior of the black community in Ferguson. I cannot believe that this kind of behavior is being accepted by the community in this day and age in our country. It should not be accepted and who ever was involved in this thuggish behavior should be imprisoned for a long time. Time to get rid of this kind of reaction in our country. If you do not like our laws here, go and live in another country.

    August 17, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Disgusted in a Political One Up on You America

    There should be no politics in the Ferguson shooting. Any pundit, journalist, media outlet, or politician that attempts to score political points on this CRIME should be called out.

    We do not need politics. We need justice.

    August 17, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Ever notice that when Cliven Bundy, white welfare queen, was expected to pay for grazing his cattle on our land, Fox News and the underground militia groups drew their guns on federal agents. Now, a black unarmed man was shot multiple times, and Fox News and the RWNJs are there to condemn the protesters.

    August 17, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Smitty

    6 foot 3 or so, 300 pounder, who just committed a crime trying to bumrush a cop what would you do??? Any reason I guess to loot and steal is ok !!

    August 17, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Smitty – Eye witness accounts dispute your post.

    August 17, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. tom l

    The country needs more Capt. Ron Johnsons.

    August 17, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. YoonYoungJo

    If this is an issue, an ongoing issue why didn't any of the residents write letters and petition the President, their local representatives, congress, etc.. prior to the shooting? Also, I haven't read the entire story but I question the entire incident. If the kid did push the officer back in, although witnesses say the officer pulled him in, which makes no sense from a prone position in the driver seat, and he did tussle with the officer, some force by the officer was acceptable. Does this mean he deserved to be shot and murdered? NO. But the officer did have the right to apprehend him and the use of some force was acceptable if he was assaulted.

    Regardless, the officer did not have the right to murder the kid. And regardless, the residents do not have the right to be so upset they say "well stealing this TV and XBox will make me feel better".

    August 17, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Joan

    Michael Brown did not deserve the death penalty for stealing $48.00 worth of cigars. Good heavens, Charles Manson got better treatment than that. I read somewhere that a worker at the store where it all started felt bad and said he shouldn't have been killed. Could the officer not have shot him in the leg so he couldn't run and then call for back up to apprehend him? Obviously this police man did not have the ability to handle it on his own. Perhaps there should be teams of two in every cop car and definitely there should be video cams on every dashboard that the police turn on whenever they get out of their car. It would benefit both the policemen and the suspects and would probably de-escalate many situations if they knew their words and actions were being recorded. The Ferguson police department and especially the chief have no clue how to handle this emotionally charged issue. The video of the robbery could and should have been released but at a later date NOT at the same time as the officer's name was released. Huge blunder and the violence returned because of it. The media has also fanned some of the anger and resentment and they could tone it down too. Lots of blame to go around.

    August 17, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Chris..E.Al

    I agree all cops should have cams and there needs to be more Capt Ron Johnsons he is a respectabe man in general and handles his self well and he deserves the highest praise . Thank you buddy . Thank you .

    August 17, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Bigwilliestyles

    'Stop in the name of the law!' Has been replaced by "Do what i say or i'll kill you!"

    August 17, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Bigwilliestyles

    Some post that Blacks need to get a handle on lawless elements within their communities; well, RIGHT BACK AT 'CHA!

    August 17, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. reggie53

    Tampa Tim: The behavior of the those looters/protesters are an embarrassment to our country. If you can condone such behavior well then our country is in a sad state. I wonder what would have happened if it was a black officer had shot Michael Brown......would the reaction have been the same. I think not because it looks like black on black crime is totally accepted so Sharpton and Jackson would not have gone to Ferguson. We do not need those type of people living in our communities because they do not reflect the true character of our citizens.

    August 17, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. The REAL Truth...

    @denny – Brown is a big guy. He robbed a store and beat up on the smaller manager. When police caught up to him he rushed a cop. The cop shot. Unfortunately for him, another bad guy took himself off the street.
    There's no proof that Brown committed the robbery in question (tho' he MAY have based on a murky store video). According to eye witnesses he DID NOT rush the ciop. The cop tried to pull him into the car, he fled. He was shot once in the back, then turned around with his [empty] hands in the air.. at which point the cop (who had rushed after him) continued to shoot him.. nothing like being an unarmed civilian (not convicted of a crime) with hands in the air being murdered by a trigger happy cop!

    August 17, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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